Friday, November 4, 2011

Today in celebrity spawn rap projects

Posted By on 11.04.11 at 03:00 PM

Waylon Jennings rapping grandson, Struggle
  • Waylon Jennings's rapping grandson, Struggle
So there's a law now that if you're descended from a celebrity that you have to be a rapper? Is that what's happening?

Hot on the heels of rap projects from Tom Hanks's son, Tommy Hilfiger's son, Bob Dylan's grandson, and who even knows how many other celebrity spawn picking up mikes, Waylon Jennings's grandson—who raps under the name Struggle—has just dropped a video for his single "Outlaw." With a guest appearance from fellow hillbilly-identified MC Yelawolf and a hefty dose of Waylon-signifying—including but not limited to sampling his mournful metatextual ballad "Outlaw Shit" and showing off a big ol' eagle-"W" logo back piece—it's hard not to take the song and video as a very self-conscious statement of purpose.

(Video after the jump.)

And in those terms it works surprisingly well. Maybe it's just my abiding love of outlaw country in general and Waylon in full-blown depressive mode in specific, but so far this is the best thing I've heard from the recent batch of rappers who are famous for being related to someone famous. Not that I'm not waiting for this trend to run itself out.

You'll probably also want to give the original "Outlaw Shit" a spin now:

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